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Hilux New Zealand Rural Games


Sat 6 Feb 2016, 9:00am–5:30pm
Sun 7 Feb 2016, 9:00am–5:30pm

Where: Queenstown Recreation Ground, Memorial St, Queenstown

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

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The second annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, a celebration of ‘sports that built the nation’, take place on Queenstown Recreation Ground next Waitangi weekend, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February 2016.

- Free entry
- Sat and Sun of Waitangi weekend
- Watch exciting national and trans-Tasman Championships
- Have a go yourself - you could become NZ Champ!
- 'Sports that built the nation'

With free entry on both days, spectators can watch fast-paced national championships for traditional sports including speed shearing, speed fencing, gumboot throwing and coal shovelling plus trans-Tasman contests for speed tree climbing, Highland Games ‘heavy’ events and the ANZAXE wood chopping championship.

Hilux New Zealand Rural Games also feature a series of ‘have a go’ sports over the weekend where anyone can try their hand at gumboot throwing, cowpat tossing, cherry stone spitting, speed gold panning, wine barrel racing and speed hand milking with a specially adapted fibreglass cow.

Jetstar Kids ‘n Country is a series of fun events just for kids aged 12 and under while the Games also feature the final of a national competition to find New Zealand’s best female DIYer - the Mitre 10 NZ Women’s DIY Challenge.

There will be an attempt on the world record for egg throwing and catching featuring sport stars from the world of cricket, athletics, softball and baseball. Former All Blacks Justin Marshall and Jeff Wilson are the reigning NZ champions, winning the title with a new national record at the inaugural Games last February.

On the Saturday afternoon more than 400 locally bred merino sheep will herd through the centre of Queenstown in the ‘Running of the Wools’. The horned rams are relatives of ‘Shrek’ – the world famous merino that grew a huge fleece after evading muster for several years. Around 5,000 spectators witnessed the first event last February that showcased a forgotten side of Queenstown’s history.

Together with live entertainment from performers including country pop sensation, Jody Direen, plus special guests and local food and wine, the 2016 Hilux New Zealand Rural Games promise to be a great family event with free entry over the Waitangi holiday weekend.

The Games are generously sponsored by Toyota, Fonterra, Husqvarna, Jetstar, Line 7, Mitre 10 and Ngai Tahu Farming with support from the New Zealand Racing Board, Simpson Grierson and Queenstown Lakes District Council.

Event dates: Sat 6 Feb - Sun 7 Feb 2016 (Waitangi weekend)
Event times: 9:00am - 5:30pm each day
Venue: Queenstown Recreation Ground
Address: Memorial Street (Queenstown CBD)